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Our Name
"TRENCH TROPHY" was officially established by our committee at our first meeting on August 18, 2003. The name comes from the adage that lineman "work in the trenches."
Memorialized Members

In 2010 the Trench Trophy saw the loss of two of its founding members, John Gebhardt and Tom Terhart. These men were very important supporters of and generous contributors to the award.

Their loss greatly affected the committee and everyone who knew them. The Trench Trophy is proud to announce that our yearly college scholarship and Pitbull Awards have been renamed in honor of these members. The John Gebhardt Memorial Scholarship and Tom Terhart Pitbull Awards, which recognizes players at linebacker, fullback, and tight-end, are proud additions to our program; these awards were both renamed by result of a unanimous vote by the Trench Trophy Committee in late August of 2010.

Though we will always miss these great men, the Trench Trophy is honored that their legacy as supporters of the award will live on.

John Gebhardt and Tom Terhart -- Forever Enshrined

Past Lineman of the Year Award Winners

2016

Nathan Emer | Iroquois Chiefs
Height: 6-5 Weight:249 Year: Senior
4 year starter. . . 2015 Large School Trench Trophy Underclassman. . . Played both ways. . . 12 sacks. . . 52 tackles. . . 6 fumble recoveries. . . First Team All-WNY. . . Looking to play Division I football
 

2015

Jake Fuzak | Williamsville South Billies
Height: 6-5 Weight:273 Year: Senior
4 year starter. . . Played both ways. . . 68 tackles and 8.5 sacks his senior year. . . Recorded Pick 6. . . First Team All-WNY. . . Represented U.S. in International Bowl vs. Canada. . . Headed to UB
Click Here to Download '15 Banquet Program

2014

Joe Mistretta | Jamestown Red Raiders
Height: 6-2 Weight: 290 Year: Senior
3 year starter. . . .2-Way starter . . . 86 tackles and 5 sacks his senior year. . . First Team All-WNY. . . Academic average of 93. . . Considering Edinboro, UB, and Syracuse
Click Here to Download '14 Banquet Program

2013
Jeremiah Bill | Hamburg Bulldogs
Height: 6-2 Weight: 265 Year: Senior
2-Way starter. . . Known for excellent technique. . . . Very consistent player. . . Second Team All-WNY. . . Plans on continuing football career. . . Considering UB, Universty of Rochester, and Cornell
Click Here to Download '13 Banquet Program

2012

Ryan Hunter | Canisius Crusaders
Height: 6-5 Weight: 315 Year: Senior
Dominant force on both sides of the ball. . . 0 sacks given up all year. . . . Made over 50 tackles on defense despite constant double-team. . . Made his presence felt in Championship game against Timon. . . First Team All-WNY. . . . . . Verbal commitment to Bowling Green
Click Here to Download '12 Banquet Program

2011
Devon Leach | Orchard Park Quakers
Height: 6-3 Weight: 290 Year: Senior
Anchored Class AA State Champion line at left gaurd. . . Excelled at run-blocking. . . . Named Offensive Line MVP of Class AA State Championship Game. . First Team All-WNY. . . Squats 650 and benches 350. . . Plans on continuing football career. . . Will play for Yale while studying pre-med and biology
Click Here to Download '11 Banquet Program

2010

Dylan Anna  | Pioneer Panthers
Height: 6-1 Weight: 225 Year: Senior
Anchored both lines, playing guard on offense and tackle on defense. . . Frequently double-teamed on defense. . . Team Co-Captain. . . Second Team All-WNY. . . Led Panthers to 7-2 record. . . Plans on continuing football career. . . Considering attending St. John Fischer College.
Click Here to Download '10 Banquet Program

2009
Jasen Carlson  | Southwestern Trojans
Height: 6-3 Weight: 300 Year: Senior
Trojans were 42-4 in his four years as a starter. . . "He's the best lineman I've ever coached, just his body of work and what he did in four years is outstanding," said coach Jay Sirianni. Leader by example. . . Had 51 tackles. . . . Part of Trojans' 29-game winning streak. 47-foot shot putter. . . Anchored both lines. . . Plans on attending the University at Buffalo.
Click Here to Download '09 Banquet Program

2008
John Urschel  | Canisius Crusaders
Height: 6-4 Weight: 275 Year: Senior
Dominant on the field and in the classroom with a 94 academic average. . . Selected as 2008 team captain. . . Named to the 2008 pre-season All Western New York team. . . 2008 First Team All Western New York. . . Named to the All-Catholic first team in all three of his years as a starter. . . Considering Stanford, Princeton, Cornell and the University at Buffalo.
Click Here to Download '08 Banquet Program

2007
Nicholas Christman  | Sweet Home Panthers
Height: 6-2 Weight: 285 Year: Senior
Christman saved his best for last as he was named Defensive MVP in the Far West Regionals against Aquinas. . . "He was a force out there and had good enough feet so he could take on the blocks and find his way down the line of scrimmage and make plays," said coach John Faller. . . Trench Trophy finalist. . . Repeat first teamer. . . Shared Defensive Player of the Year in Class A North with Christian Nestark of Grand Island.
Click Here to Download '07 Banquet Program

2006
Gil Rodriguez  | Frontier Falcons
Height: 6-2 Weight: 245 Year: Senior

Tough, hardnosed, two-way down lineman. . . Controlled both sides of the line this season. . . Played guard on offense and tackle on defense. . . Known for his hustle and pankake blocks. . . Great blocker at the second level. . . Gil plans on attending college and playing football at the next level.

Click Here to Download '06 Banquet Program

2005
Jesse Jesonowski | Iroquois Chiefs
Height: 6-5 Weight: 260 Year: Senior

Dominated both sides of the line for the Chiefs. . . . Center who moved to tackle to protect the blind side of QB Kyle Shevlin. Made all the Chiefs' line calls. . . . Played a key role in Chiefs' homecoming win over previously unbeaten Lake Shore. "We ran right behind Jesse and he blew open holes," said coach Frank Payne. "He's got a motor that doesn't stop." . . . Had 30 tackles and three sacks. . . . Considering Holy Cross and Central Connecticut for architecture. . . . Also plays baseball.

Click Here to Download '05 Banquet Program

2004
Jason Weber | Orchard Park Quakers
Height: 6-0 Weight: 265 Year: Senior
Described by coach Gene Tundo as "an unmovable object. He hustled on every play. He just cemented the inside of our defense -- you couldn't run at him. He's definitely one of the toughest kids in our area. He's just a battler." . . . Was Class AA South Defensive Player of the Year and the RWS Class AA Defensive Player of the Game. . . . At defensive tackle, he led team in tackles with 90 and had four sacks and four fumble recoveries. At right guard, paved way for Andy Pace's 1,277-yard season . . . Three-year varsity starter. . . . Considering Toledo, Albany. . . . Also wrestles and runs track for Quakers.

2003
John Livingston | Eden Raiders
Height: 6-1 Weight: 285. Year: Senior
Record-setting RB Keien Williams praised his offensive line all season for creating big holes for him. Livingston was one of the teammates he was talking about. Named the Class B Lineman of the Year by the Trench Trophy Committee. Helped pave the way for a ground game that gained more than 3,200 yards in 12 games. "For a 285-pound kid, he never came off the field," coach Doug Beetow said. "When we needed him, he even played on kickoffs. He's a special kid." Will attend the University at Buffalo.
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